Transit users who frequent the entertainment district in Vancouver would be banned from restaurants, bars and nightclubs if they trouble other passengers. Metro Vancouver Transit Police have entered into partnership with Barwatch Vancouver, a self-regulated association of entertainment venues in Vancouver, for this purpose.
In this collaboration, the main role for Transit Police officers will be to identify and investigate transit system users who are frequent patrons of the entertainment district in Vancouver and are causing problems for other passengers on the system.
This information, which may include intelligence regarding their lifestyle or criminal associations that pose a risk to public safety, will be shared with Barwatch.
Based on the information provided, Barwatch may consider banning these persons from participating Vancouver establishments.
The relevant information will also be shared with the Vancouver Police Department for intelligence purposes. The VPD has partnered successfully with Barwatch since 2007.
“The safety of transit users and staff is a priority for the Transit Police. Barwatch has a proven history of success. We are happy to have an additional tool to further protect the public and staff on our transit system,” stated Chief Officer Dave Jones.
“Barwatch is excited to be entering into this new partnership with Transit Police. We share a common interest, the safety of bar patrons, industry staff, transit users and our police officers,” said Barwatch Chair Curtis Robinson.